Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Apeshit’ Video Shows Black Bodies in Art — and in Control

by Rikki Byrd


“In an 1800 painting titled ‘Portrait d’une femme noir,’ an unknown black woman sits for artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist. She is adorned in what appears to be a white sheath, with a white scarf wrapped around her head and a small hoop earring hangs from her ear. She is aware that she is being looked at, and she stares right back at the viewer.

The portrait is the only selected work that solely features a black subject in Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter’s ‘Apeshit,’ the couple’s latest collaborative visual filmed inside the Musée du Louvre.”

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